June 29, 2017

Washington, DC – Patients seeking a doctor who will boost their body’s natural healing
ability and apply the least invasive diagnostics and therapies should consider a licensed
naturopathic doctor. This is according to the American Association of Naturopathic
Physicians (AANP), which today released a new FAQ on six reasons to choose a naturopathic
doctor, in partnership with the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM).

Here are the 6 reasons:

1. You want a doctor who will treat all of you, not just your illness.
2. You want personalized treatment.
3. You want to treat the root cause of an illness, not just the symptoms.
4. You want to actively participate in managing your own health.
5. You have chronic pain and don’t want to use pharmaceutical drugs such as
ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or highly addictive opioids to manage it forever.
6. You have tried all conventional medical options for diagnosing and treating a
health condition.

“Certain chronic health conditions that have symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, or
gastrointestinal distress can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and can benefit from a
holistic approach,” said Michelle Simon, PhD, ND. “Naturopathic doctors use diagnostic tools
common in conventional medicine, such as detailed health, disease, and prescription drug
histories, physical exams, and targeted laboratory testing and imaging. They also consider
diet history, lifestyle habits and choices, exercise history, and social/emotional factors to
assess patients’ needs. These approaches can open doors to new treatment pathways and

About the Institute for Natural Medicine

The Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization
that provides public education about naturopathic medicine and increases consumer access
to naturopathic doctors. As a close partner to the American Association of Naturopathic
Physicians, the INM strives to increase consumer and physician choice in safe, effective
healthcare that improves patient outcomes and lowers costs. For more information visit
www.naturemed.org or call 855-799-4490.

About the AANP

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians is the professional association that
represents licensed naturopathic physicians. The AANP strives to make naturopathic
medicine available to every American, and to increase recognition of naturopathic physicians
as the identified authorities on natural medicine. Learn more at www.naturopathic.org.

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